Beth Boisvert grew up in southern New Hampshire, and recently lived in New York City where she graduated with her M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary. After graduation, she returned to New England, where she enjoys stacking firewood, growing vegetables, raking leaves, and learning to avoid poison ivy.
Since August 2009, Beth has served as associate pastor at the First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She is a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ, with which First Church is affiliated.
While in graduate school, she was asked in one of her classes to state her greatest passion. She has many passions, but decided that the greatest one is to not conform to expectations. Beth uses that passion to help break down stereotypes. She loves when she tells people her intended career and they say, "You don't look like a minister!"
Beth wants to change people's views about what a minister looks like, what a Christian look like, and what an eco-feminist, quilting bibliophile looks like (see picture above!).
She wears many hats besides pastor; she refers to herself as theologian, artist, quilter, mistress of divinity, auntie, writer, singer, and radical lover of humanity and animals.
Beth has a multitude of other passions, including understanding the relationship between sexuality and spirituality. She cares deeply about education, and about children, especially those "forgotten" in the foster care and orphanage systems. Beth stays busy with her many interests and her writing. In addition to blogging here at Everyday Citizen, she also has keeps a great personal blog. Beth welcomes your feedback at bethboisvert at gmail dot com. We're so happy that she takes the time to share her thoughts with us here!
You can browse through and read entries from Beth's complete historical blog archives here.